Extreme weather timeline

Click and drag to explore BBC news video clips showing some of the extreme weather conditions experienced in Wales over the last fifty years.

        Drought The potential effects of water shortages on jobs and the economy. Drought

        Drought

        This clip from BBC Wales Today focuses on the need for industry in Wales to save water during the searing drought of 1976 and shows the potential effects of water shortages on jobs and the economy.

        Drought
        Forest fires Fires took hold across Wales' tinder dry fields and grassland areas Forest fires

        Forest fires

        This clip from BBC Wales Today reveals the devastating and widespread effect of weeks without rainfall as fires took hold across Wales' tinder dry fields and grassland areas.

        Forest fires
        The water is switched off As the drought took hold in south Wales, the water is turned off. The water is switched off

        The water is switched off

        As the drought took hold in south Wales, the water is turned off, affecting a million consumers with no domestic supply for up to 17 hours a day.

        The water is switched off
        Winter Widespread disruption is caused by heavy snowfall and blizzards. Winter

        Winter

        BBC Wales Today archive reveals the widespread disruption caused by heavy snowfall and blizzards in January 1982. This clip looks at the scenario across much of North Wales as transport ground to a halt.

        Winter
        Heavy snow An RAF Valley helicopter crew rescue people stranded by snow. Heavy snow

        Heavy snow

        This BBC Wales Today clip follows a helicopter crew from RAF Valley as they help people stranded by the snow of 1982. Here they are diverted to Pentregat near Cardigan to ferry heavily pregnant Llinos Griffiths to hospital.

        Heavy snow
        Flooding Deadly autumn storms hit and Wales suffered widespread chaos. Flooding

        Flooding

        As the deadly autumn storms of 1987 hit the UK, Wales suffered widespread chaos. This clip from Wales Today looks at the flooding in Carmarthen, featuring the rescue of a family and a lucky escape for their pet kitten.

        Flooding
        Towyn floods Gale-force winds and a high tide breached Towyn's flood defences. Towyn floods

        Towyn floods

        On 26 February 1990 gale-force winds and a high tide caused Towyn's flood defences to be breached with mass floods and thousands of people and properties affected. This clip from Week in Week Out catches up with some of those affected by the freak weather.

        Towyn floods
        "Worst natural disaster" Violent storms and high tides hit Towyn.

        "Worst natural disaster in living memory"

        This BBC Wales Today report looks at the violent storms and high tides that hit the North Wales coastal town of Towyn and surrounding areas on 26 February 1990 causing many of the local residents to lose their homes and face temporary evacuation.

        "Worst natural disaster"
        Hot summer benefits? Holiday makers enjoy the heatwave at Barry and Pendine Sands. Hot summer benefits?

        Hot summer benefits?

        Revisit the heatwave of 2003 where holiday makers enjoyed the sea breeze at Barry and Pendine Sands, a marked relief from the soaring temperatures that led to thousands of deaths across Europe.

        Hot summer benefits?
        Planning for floods Rehearsing the flood warning system in Port Talbot. Planning for floods

        Planning for floods

        In this odd clip from Wales Today, the Environment Agency Wales rehearse the flood warning system in Port Talbot at the height of the 2003 heatwave, much to the amusement of the locals.

        Planning for floods
        Barry Waterspout The rare sight of a 2,000ft waterspout in the Bristol Channel Barry Waterspout

        Barry Waterspout

        This BBC Wales Today report shows the rare sight of a 2,000ft waterspout in the Bristol Channel, as filmed by a viewer in Barry.

        Barry Waterspout
        Tornado on Bow Street The destructive effects of a "mini tornado". Tornado on Bow Street

        Tornado on Bow Street

        This BBC Wales Today clip shows the destructive effect a "mini tornado" had on the village of Bow Street near Aberystwyth in 2006.

        Tornado on Bow Street

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